Advent 2021

Join us this Advent and Christmas season as we worship, grow, serve, give and celebrate together — all in the hopes of becoming more like Christ in this holy season.

Click here to order poinsettias, luminaries and tickets for our Christmas concert and dinner. 

WORSHIP

Sundays of Advent: Not a Silent Night, Christmas Through the Eyes of Mary

Sundays, November 28 and December 5, 12 and 19   |  8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

It was hardly a silent night.  Throughout his life, Jesus experienced the ups and downs of real life.  One woman was at the heart of it all.  With him from Bethlehem to Calvary, Mary witnessed God’s incredible work of salvation brought through her beloved son.  This Advent, we’ll explore Mary’s life, allowing her courage, strength and faith to guide us to a deeper relationship with her Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Her’s wasn’t an easy life, but it changed the world forever.

     November 28  |  Acts 1:8-14, A Life Well Lived

     December 05  |  Luke 2:33-35, A Mother’s Sorrow

     December 12  |  Luke 2:41-45, Amazed and Astonished

     December 19  |  Luke 1:26-33, Mary Full of Grace

Service of Hope and Consolation     Thursday, December 9  |  6:30 p.m.

We welcome everyone to a quiet service of scripture, prayer, music and the lighting of candles of remembrance.  For all the losses we have suffered this past year, we pause to reflect, accept how we are feeling, and seek God’s healing and hope in a community of grace.  

Christmas Eve Worship    December 24  |  4:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. with carol singing, a unique visual Nativity during the reading of the Christmas story, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  

Join us for a traditional service at 6:00 p.m.  with music from our Chancel Choir and brass quintet, a homily, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  

 

Grow

Advent Workshop    November 21  |  4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Join us in Carpenter Hall for a special night for all ages to prepare for the season of Advent.  We will decorate our new worship space in Carpenter Hall, create Advent wreathes and nativities, decorate cookies, work on service projects, make Christmas crafts and more!  A supper of soup and sandwiches will be provided and we will end the evening with a Christmas story.  Register here.  

Advent Devotionals    Available Sunday, November 28

Pick up your free Advent Devotional, written by FUMC members and staff and illustrated by our children, in the narthex to guide you in spending intentional time with God throughout this holy season.  

Advent Small Groups    Wednesdays beginning December 1  |  2:00 p.m.

Our study is all about Mary.  Mary knew the struggle of bringing new life into a harsh world.  Still, she willingly opened herself to be vulnerable to God’s purposes.  From her simple faithfulness as a young woman to her soul-piercing anguish at the foot of the cross, journey with Mary through the joys and sorrows of saying yes to God.  We will be reading Eugene Peterson’s Mary: Seeing God Through the Eyes of a Mother.  This four week study meets in the Carpenter Hall Classroom.  Contact Doreen Eager at doreen@fumcbelmont.org for more information. 

 

Serve

Feeding the Children

For thirteen days over the winter break we will deliver hot meals to children whose parents request assistance during the Christmas break.  Teams will volunteer to prepare the meals and over 30 volunteers a day will make sure the deliveries happen.  You can sign up by clicking here or by calling Sharon Lochaby, our volunteer coordinator, at 704-608-2523.  

 

Give

ZOE Alternative Giving    December 5-19

What do you get a friend or family member who has everything for Christmas?  Give a gift that transforms the lives of orphan children.  A goat, maize seed, or even a cooking pot can empower a child to never need charity again.  Our Zoe Team will be available after worship to help you shop for your loved ones.  With a donation of $10 or more, an item to represent your gift will be complimentary for your gift recipient.  Handmade ornaments by children in Rwanda will also be for sale for a suggested donation of $20.  All donations will directly support our Ikirenga community in Rwanda.  

Operation Sandwich    November 28

Help support our friends without adequate food resources by making sandwiches to be distributed at the Gaston County Salvation Army and Roof Above in Charlotte.  Please follow the specific guidelines outlined here.  Drop your sandwiches off on November 28 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. 

Sharing the Warmth

This Christmas we will keep our neighbors warm by collecting socks, mittens and hats for children, youth and adults who need help with adequate winter clothing.  All donations will be distributed through S.O.C.K.S. Crisis Ministry.  

Christmas Eve Offering

This year’s Christmas Eve Offering will support our daily Feeding the Children ministry.  Each spring and winter break we serve over 200 families.  This winter break is the longest we’ve ever served, a total of 13 days.  Your offering will help ensure funds are available to continue providing children in our community hot, nutritious meals, reminding them of God’s grace and love at a very special time of year. 

 

Celebrate

Movie Night    Friday, December 3   |   6:30 p.m. 

Join us for a special screening of a movie that tells the birth of Jesus from the eyes of a donkey and his animal friends!  Popcorn and drinks will be provided and all are welcome!

Senior High Youth Event    December 10-11  |  7:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Senior High Youth are wanderers of the night as they travel to experience the joy of Christmas through fun, service and worship.  All destinations are a mystery.  $25 registration is due by December 1.  

The Heart of Christmas Concert and Dinner    Sunday, December 19  |  4:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and beautiful Christmas music offered by our Chancel Choir, Alleluia Children’s Choir, Bellissimo Bells along with soloists and a Christmas carol sing-a-long!  A delicious dinner follows.  Reservation forms are available here.  

Youth Walk McAdenville    Tuesday, December 21  |  5:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Students in grades 6-12 will meet at church and travel to the home of Larry and Angela Bradmon for dinner, followed by a stroll through Christmastown.  RSVP by December 15.